Having diabetes does not automatically exclude you from donating blood. The American Red Cross states that people with diabetes may donate blood if they meet the following guidelines:
They have not had an initial dosage of insulin or change of insulin dose in at least two weeks.
They have not received an injection of bovine (beef) insulin made from cattle from the United Kingdom since 1980.
Oral medications for type 2 diabetes don't disqualify you from blood donation eligibility.
It is suggested that people with diabetes wait 8 weeks (or 56 days) between whole blood donations.
Other blood donation eligibility guidelines may apply, depending on your medical history.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
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